How to Pack a First-Aid Kit for Pets
A first-aid kit for pets should have brown gauze, bandages, a pair of scissors and a pair of tweezers. Find out how to organize medical supplies to prepare for pet injuries with help from a veterinarian in this free video on dog health and first-aid kits.
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Hi, I'm Dr. Greg McDonald and today we're talking about dog care. I'm a veterinarian Southern California McDonald Animal Hospital. I wanted to talk a little about first-aid and putting together a first-aid kit. It's extremely important for people to be prepared whenever an animal might be hurt. It's too late to try and think about what you need to do after your dog is already injured, so it's important to plan ahead. Probably the most important thing for a first-aid kit is to have something that you can stop the bleeding. You're going to need to go, first-aid is truly first-aid, you're going to need to go and get some help from a veterinarian. But in order to get there with a dog, it's o.k., you're going to need a few things. So in order o stop the bleeding, we'd like to put into the kit, a little bit of brown gauze, this is something you can buy at any pharmacy. But a brown gauze like this is really nice because you can put it over any kind of a wound and wrap it so that you can stop the bleeding. After that is put on, you may also want to have something like this type of bandage. It is a really nice kind of bandage because it's called the Elastikon and what happens is, is it actually sticks to itself but it doesn't stick to the animal. So you can wrap this over the brown gauze to hold it in place. Sometimes you might need something that does stick to the animal, and for that we use white tape. And again, this should be any kind of a kit, you can see that, that sticks right to the animal. Also this is another type of tape that is more elastic and again this one actually does stick to the animal. But is very, very stretchy, so again you an put it on just as tight or as loose as you really want it to. I recommend that you put all these things together into something like a Ziploc bag like this. And then that way, you can put this in your car or in your backpack, whenever you go traveling. It would also be good if you had a pair of scissors, these are special bandage scissors, as you can see they're blunted on one end. Because you may need to cut some of the material that you have to size, to stop the bleeding. This is one of our favorite little tools for removing ticks and you can see it's got a little V shaped thing there. And slides in between the tick and the dog, and this grabs the mouth parts and pulls them out. There's also a little magnifying glass on the end, if you're having trouble seeing the mouth parts. It's always good to have something like this, a little pair of tweezers. So that you can actually pull splinters out with it, if you happen to run into them. And put all those things right in the Ziploc bag and put it in your backpack and you're ready to have any kind if a first-aid treatment.